Chapter Books for Preschoolers: The Mouse & The Motorcycle

I’ve had lots of questions about when to start reading chapter books and what chapter books to start with, so I thought I’d keep a running log of the chapter books I’ve read with L&L:

#3 The Mouse & The Motorcycle 
by Beverly Cleary



We finished this book about 2 weeks ago.  For reference, at the time of reading, Luke was about a month shy of turning 4 and Lilah was 29 months.  I feel like it is the first “real” chapter book we’ve read.  I wanted to start with one I felt Luke would REALLY be interested in and since he is VERY into cars, trucks, and anything else with wheels I thought this would be perfect.  He LOVED it!  

Lilah didn’t sit and listen to every chapter, but played in the same room quietly while I read when she was tired of sitting.  

We read about 2 chapter each night, sometimes a third if Luke asked nicely and seemed genuinely interested in continuing. :)  The book has 13 chapters and our particular copy which looks like the pictured one above has 158 pages.  While there aren’t pictures on every page, I still felt there were a good number of them.  It took us roughly a week to read it.



Additional Notes:




  • In the 1980s, the Ralph books were made into movies.  Scholastic has these as part of their Storybook Treasures collection on DVD now, so if you don’t own the vintage VHS ones, you can still buy these!  We just watched The Mouse and the Motorcycle DVD today.  (Runaway Ralph and Ralph S. Mouse are also available as individual movies, or you can buy a collection of all 3 Ralph movies.)  The movie is not a cartoon; the people are real.  Ralph is a stuffed, claymation-style creature (though he isn’t actually claymation).  The movie is around 41 minutes long.  L&L loved it!


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